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Computer Science Education Week

Computer Science (CS) Education week is a great time to think about the challenges and opportunities inherent to teaching Computer Science.  As a relatively new addition to the experience of an elementary school student, computer science asks a whole new set of skills...

Teaching Creativity

When I was a teen, riding in the car with my father was always an adventure. We didn’t have a cell phone, let alone GPS, but even if we did, my father would not have used them. It was as if consulting a map or directions equated to a bit of incompetence. I still...

Book Review: Let There Be Water

When the State of Israel was declared in May of 1948, it faced many challenges. Seth M. Siegel’s book, Let There Be Water tells the story of how Israel, with 60% of its land desert and the rest semi-arid, managed to achieve a water surplus and now exports water to...

Robotics Classroom Solutions

The layout of a classroom can have a large impact on not only what is taught, but how. As a result, a question I’ve frequently encountered over the years is, “So how exactly do I set up my robotics classroom?” When unpacked, this is really a two-part question. It...

To-Do or Not-To-Do?

It’s that time again – schools are welcoming students, the hint of a changing season is in the air, and teachers are spending countless hours doing the myriad of things needed to perfect their classrooms.  For teachers, responding to this hectic change of pace often...

New Versions of Robot Virtual Worlds!

The Robot Virtual Worlds team is very excited to announce the latest updates of several of our worlds. This release changes the process for logging in and tracking progress in Robot Virtual Worlds. Read below to find out more. Updated worlds Challenge Pack for EV3...

Get Ready, Get Set, Go!

It’s back to school time! That’s quite evident driving past any campus. Band music can be heard wavering across the practice fields filled with athletes practicing for the big game. But if you go into the school building, an excitement is in the air as students across...

Visible Learning

Visible Learning and the Science of How We Learn, by John Hattie and Gregory Yates, is unique because of what it spends so little time discussing: teaching.  A book designed to help teachers and schools maximize the achievement of their students, this edition...

Why Teach Robotics? New research published by CMU

As the presence of Educational Robotics in the classroom increases, so too do the responsibilities and concerns of educators, administrators, parents and students alike. How best can we utilize this new tool that is so rich with different, possible applications? How...

Voluntary Summer Reading

Summer Reading has had some controversy recently [i], but the following is not a mandatory reading list.  Instead, these books are some suggestions that I think anyone from the classroom to the boardroom will find both practical and engaging. Lifelong Kindergarten:...

You Say You Want a Revolution?

21 years ago, I was hired as a teacher. It was the late 90s, a mere three decades since the advent of international testing of academic achievement. That initiative, as it turns out, became the impetus for changing the structure and format of the US educational...

Physical Models in the Classroom

Look in any child’s room and most likely there will be some sort of blocks or building material piled up somewhere. Wanting to build or create something is a desire that begins at a very early age in children and develops as they grow. That feeling of accomplishment...

Anecdotes of Culture

In her book, Radical Candor. Be a Kick-Ass Boss, Without Losing Your Humanity author Kim Scott relays the story of arriving to her office at Google to find a couch had been moved to a place where it forced people to take a few extra steps to get around it.  As Kim was...

Optimizing Learning through Technology

Today, basic computer literacy is emphasized in almost every school’s educational requirements, but usually as a stand-alone core competency. Students need to strive to be technologically literate by optimizing learning through technology.

Taking Care in Making Connections

The recent teacher walkouts in the US serve as an interesting backdrop for an inspired article by the editors of Bloomberg, a piece aimed at sharing ideas on how to make better teachers.